My musical biography

Virginia Eleanor McIntyre, Mezzosoprano, winner of numerous international competitions (Fasano, Civenna, Trapani) her impressive vocal extension has allowed her to perform a wide range of roles. Beginning her career in her teens in Rochester,NY as a mezzosoprano “belter” in Musical Theater productions – Dick Tracy (Black Pearl), Hair (Sheila), You’re a good man Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Red Sneaks (Teresina-including a local NBC TV solo performance), Pinocchio, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat(Narrator), Oklahoma (Ado Annie) as well as many others, simultaneously due to her strong upper register she began to study classical voice as a soprano participating as a soloist for the Rochester Bach Children’s Chorus (in collaboration with the Rochester Philharmonic) and going on to study Vocal Performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where she played the roles of La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi), Papagena (Die Zaubeflote), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus) and Donna Elvira(Don Giovanni). In 2002 she moved to Italy where she was awarded a place in Enzo Dara’s masterclass with the Role of Donna Eleonora (Prima la musica, poi le parole- Salieri) while recording various CD’s for the Conservatory of Mantova showing enormous flexibility by singing light arias (Eccomi in lieta vesta) and heavier roles (Merit winner for Manon Lescaut- Concorso Giuseppe Di Stefano- Trapani). After performing in various operas in the North of Italy Musetta (La Boheme), Vera (Nadeya), Liù (Turandot), it became clear that her voice was maturing as a “Falcon Soprano” and she began to study dramatic repertory that would allow her to use the richer, darker qualities in the lower range of her voice with roles like Leonora (Il Trovatore) – La Fenice Summer Festival in Marghera, Santuzza (Cavalleria Rusticana)- Tuscany Summer Festival Peccioli. This would eventually lead her to study roles that showcase the full range of her voice like Eboli (Don Carlo), Amneris ( Aida), Azucena (Il Trovatore) as a mezzosoprano.